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the suncity of the ancient world

Baalbeck the suncity of the ancient world is the most important Roman site in the Middle East.
The site was originally Phoenician and dedicated to the God Baal, so the name Baalbeck.
The Greeks and the Romans called the city Heliopolis or City of the sun.
They dedicated the great temple to Jupiter, who was associated with Baal, the god of the sun.
The Bacchus temple was dedicated to Venus associated with Astarte, the chief female deity.

Baalbeck suffered with the passage of time. Its history disappeared in legend and its temples became unrecognisable through Byzantine and medieval additions, ravages of war, earthquakes and vandalism.
After restoration and removal of later additions the buildings of Baalbeck have again their original

  • Last visit to Baalbeck: May 1995
  • Intro Updated Oct 9, 2003
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Reading your page brings back many good memories, but it wasn't that green when I visited. Too bad with the megaphone.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Dec 1, 2006 at 2:34 AM

    Fascinating page on a fascinating place. I'm not surprised it is haunted by its former inhabitants. Perhaps they can see it in its full glory not as the ruin it is now.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2006 at 3:24 PM

    My son visited there and thought it was great also. Thanks for sharing

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2006 at 10:36 AM

    Ali - roamer is right ! It's a shame what's happening - and Baalbeck must me a very interesting place.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2006 at 2:06 PM

    Its a shame whats happening in Lebanon now. Baalbek is one of the best sites in the Middle East. Great page.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2005 at 4:01 PM

    great page Ali. Happy Birthday!

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2005 at 11:21 AM

    Great place and great photos.

  • Jul 20, 2005 at 9:18 PM

    a truly wonderful monument, and you have captured it so well! superb photos and great info ali, thanks for sharing this wonderful place with us all!

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2005 at 8:49 AM

    Another great page Ali, thanks for sharing.

  • apiapi's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2004 at 11:43 PM

    Great site on Baalbeck. Thanks for the info. Hope to visit this magnificent place in the near future.


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